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Gabriel Jesus starts as Man City make five changes

FLYING: An ecstatic Gabriel Jesus runs away in delight

FLYING: An ecstatic Gabriel Jesus runs away in delight

Gabriel Jesus is in the starting line up for City against Middlesbrough this afternoon as Pep Guardiola makes five changes from the team that drew 0-0 with United.

The Brazilian forward will take his place alongside Sergio Aguero as the Blues look to consolidate fourth place in the Premier League - and possibly move up to third for at least 24 hours.

The game has come too soon for David Silva and John Stones who again both miss out and Fabian Delph has also picked up a knock in training. Claudio Bravo has a suspected calf injury

Yaya Toure is rested for this afternoon's game after a couple of high energy displays against Arsenal and United in the past week.

Aleix Garcia wins a rare start in midfield.

Starting XI:

Caballero, Navas, Kompany, Otamendi, Kolarov, Clichy, A Garcia, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, G Jesus, Aguero

Subs: Gunn, Sane, Nolito, Sagna, Sterling, Zabaleta, Fernando

Attacking Blues

The forward partnership all City fans want to see looks likely to happen this afternoon with Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero unleashed on Middlesbrough.

In what could be a 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 formation, Kevin De Bruyne will hope to provide the ammunition for the South American duo. Gabriel Jesus could play off the shoulder of Aguero with a licence to roam or a part of a front three with De Bruyne and Garcia and Fernandinho anchoring midfield.

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The skipper has been in excellent form and will look to keep former team-mate Alvaro Negredo quiet this afternoon. 

The Belgian's partnership with Nicolas Otamendi has looked solid and the Blues will look to record a third clean sheet in four games against the relegation-threatened Teessiders. 

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